Mina Okui

Kanshitsu box. “Encasement”

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2015
  • H 20.5 x W 25.0 x D 12.2 cm
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Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2015
Dimensions H 20.5 x W 25.0 x D 12.2 cm
Exhibition The 62nd Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Dry lacquer

    For works of dry lacquer (kanshitsu), first a clay form is created and plaster is used to take a mold of the form. Next, repeated layers of hemp cloth and lacquer are applied to the mold until they are built up to the desired thickness. Finally, the mold is removed and additional coats of lacquer are applied to finish the piece. The hemp fibers are strengthened when the lacquer bonds with them, making dry lacquer an excellent technique for creating sturdy forms with a significant degree of freedom.

Mina Okui

photo Mina Okui

I want to make pieces that can only be made with wiped urushi lacquer; clear and easy to understand pieces that only I can make, and express the color and luster of urushi lacquer.